ClubGonzo’s Sticky Christmas

Sticky Christmas by ClubGonzo, Mead, 10.6% ABV.

ClubGonzo's Sticky Christmas, mead batch no 08.

ClubGonzo’s Sticky Christmas, mead batch no 08.

With less than three months to go before the holiday season kicks in, it’s about time to start with the christmas brews! This mead has it all: honey (d’oh!), raisins, cardamom seeds, allspice, cinnamon sticks, clove spikes and fresh ginger!

Sticky Christmas is a crystal clear golden one. The aroma is… well hey there, happy christmas! ClubGonzo has certainly obtained his goal, this smells like christmas! To make it short, it pretty much smells of all of the above ingredients, maybe except for the raisins.

The strong flavour is also a big christmas present, again see the list above for elements. The strongest flavour, apart from the honey of course, is the cardamom. The taste is sugary christmassy sweet and lovely, without being overly sweet. And where is the 10.6% of alcohol? A reinheitsgebot mead geek might claim that this taste more like a sweet spiced liqueur than a mead, but so what? It’s a lovely brew nevertheless!

Conclusion: happy christmas! 

Aroma:      8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      8/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    15/20
Ratebeer score: 3.7/5.0
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One comment on “ClubGonzo’s Sticky Christmas

  1. I was very happy with my first batch of Christmas mead, as I can see you are too. 🙂 The spice mix and ratio is the hardest thing to pull off, obviously, but it all came together in this one. My goal was to create a sort of “gløgg” (Norwegian-style Glühwein) but with honey instead of red wine as the base, which I think I pulled off rather nicely. Of course I have now established a tradition of brewing a Xmas mead every year, so you’ll have more versions in the future. 🙂

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